What we know

  • RMF operations centered in Kathmandu but working quickly to set up outreach efforts to outlying areas and villages; the population in rural areas are completely cut off.
  • While some agencies are on the ground as well as government teams from China, Butan, India and Israel, there is still an overwhelming need for emergency help and supplies
  • Ground transportation is extremely limited, there is even difficulty for motorcycles to pass due to ongoing avalanches, challenging terrain, and pre-existing road conditions
  • The airport is open and operational in Kathmandu
  • Thousands are without shelter
  • Electricity and water infrastructure has been affected
  • Most trauma cases are being brought to the teaching hospital in Kathmandu where local medical staff is working tirelessly
  • There is an immediate need for medications, equipment and psychotrauma services


  • Huge need for funds to purchase big tents, plastic that can be used as tents, and other temporary structures. Tens of thousands of families in rural Nepal will likely need tents through the monsoon rain coming in 1-2 months
  • Water purifiers — small and easy to carry
  • Warm clothing/bedding, rain gear
  • Medical professionals with orthopedic and post-trauma experience
  • Those injured are in need of blood — if you are in Kathmandu head to the Teaching Hospital — there is a help desk set up to help you there.

RMF’s Involvement

We will apply much of what we learned from our previous Pakistan, Peru and Haiti earthquake relief efforts regarding the immediate needs of medical treatment of injuries (infections and major surgical needs), shelter, food, clean water and trauma relief. We have a lot of experience in this area and filling the gaps that arise even with the big agencies on the ground. Cholera is something everyone will be keeping an eye out for if large tent camps are set up without proper sanitation facilities. We will also try and purchase as much of the supplies locally as possible to support the local economy.

Thank you to the Society of Nepalese in Hawaii (SNEHA) who is working with domestic Nepali cultural and medical groups to raise funds for us to use when we implement. For more information visit their website — Society of Nepalese in Hawaii (SNEHA)

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